Tom Pauk, Senior Mentor

Following a 25-year career as a commercial lawyer, first in private practice at Allen & Overy, then in-house at Citigroup, Tom left the law in 2015 to write plays, build a mentoring practice, and volunteer in the areas of mental health, dementia and criminal justice.

He brings to his mentoring an emphasis of the importance of a healthy work-life balance, and of how professional ambition can be enriched by volunteering. Tom mentors lawyers at Allen & Overy; charity CEOs; and young people in prison to help prepare them for release. Passionate about mental health Tom is a listener and shift supervisor at The Listening Place, a charity offering face-to-face support for those who feel life is no longer worth living. Tom is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (the RSA), “a global network of changemakers enabling people, places and the planet to flourish in harmony.” He is a trustee of the criminal justice charity Trailblazers Mentoring, and a member of the National Association of Official Prison Visitors. An obsessive Arsenal fan, Tom bakes bread, runs, is (still) getting to grips with DIY, and forever learning Italian. He is married with two children and recently became a grandfather.


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